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National Guidelines

What you need to know


Secretary's Message

I wish to congratulate everyone for the publication of the National Guidelines for the Water,
Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools (WinS) Program of the Department of Education (DepEd).
The Department is pleased to present an overview of the WinS Program including the use of the
Three Star Approach which is an integrated quality assurance, monitoring, and recognition system
to support schools for a successful program implementation.
The development of the WinS Policy and Program recognizes that the core of DepEd’s work is
to enable our learners to reach their fullest potential by ensuring healthy and enabling learning
environments. The WinS Program has put together a comprehensive package of doable practices,
measures, and interventions for schools to improve towards the achievement of national standards.
These standards are readily seen in the key WinS components, namely: availability of safe drinking
water in school on a daily basis; adequate, clean, functional, and accessible school toilets; super-
vised daily group handwashing with soap and brushing of teeth with fluoride toothpaste among
all schoolchildren; environmental sanitation in schools; semi-annual deworming of schoolchildren;
safe practices in food handling and preparation; effective menstrual hygiene management in all
schools; and health education for all students and personnel, augmented by capacity building for
all DepEd program implementers.
The schools need to dedicate themselves to proper operation and maintenance to safeguard
the investments and build on them to sustain the improvement of WASH conditions. The active
participation of partners and stakeholders is vital to the success of the WinS Program. Likewise,
the stakeholders need to align with the DepEd WinS Program mechanisms and closely work with
the schools at all stages of implementation to transform challenges into desired outcomes.
With the support of all partners, DepEd is committed to expand and improve the implementation
of the WinS Program towards the realization of our goal to deliver quality, accessible, relevant,
and liberating basic education for all Filipino learners to have a better start in life, and thereby
contribute to a better, brighter future for this nation.

Leonor Magtolis Briones


Secretary / Department Of Education

www.deped.gov.ph

With support from:


How to
Improve? School

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Get Recognition Knowing
and Strive for NO STAR Your Star Level:
Three Star Preparation
> Gather School WinS
Technical Working Group
> Orient or review of
Get Active & the indicators and
Improve Your Three Star Steps
3 Star Level Self Assessment
> Check 5 crucial
Level Up: WinS criteria
Implementation of > Complete and submit
Actions to Improve the monitoring form
on the Criteria to the system:
www.deped.gov.ph

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Division 

Validation DepEd Order


& Memorandum
Technical Support DepEd Order No. 10
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Recognition s. 2016: WinS Policy
&
Implementing Guide
Implementation Ma
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with detailed inf orm
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School based management for water, Sanitation and hygiene in Schools

Cognizant of DepED Order No. 10 “Policy and capacity of schools to identify their own needs; the local government units, in effective and
Guidelines for the Comprehensive Water, effectively introduce solutions; manage and strategic local actions. More concretely, it
Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools sustain WinS; enhance stakeholder involve- focuses the agenda of existing modalities for
(WinS) Program“, clean water, functional ment; and mobilize local resources. mobilizing stakeholder support, such as the
toilets and proper hygiene practice in schools Brigada Eskwela, Adopt-a-School Program
are essential to achieving learning outcomes The WinS TSA generates a report that is and the Local School Board, on WinS.
and are integral to school operations and critical for strategic school improvement
improvement. Leveraging on Republic Act planning which enables the school to program The weaving of WinS TSA in SBM, therefore,
9155, “Governance of Basic Education Act of the incremental improvement on WinS over promotes ownership, transparency, and
2001,” the WinS Three Star Approach (TSA) a period of time and the judicious use of accountability in ensuring healthy learning
applies School-Based Management as a the MOOE and other resources. The School environments leading to the achievement of
pathway for schools and stakeholders to take Improvement Plan (SIP) serves as a vehicle educational goals and objectives.
local action towards improving and sustaining to impress priorities for WinS and harness
WASH services. The WinS TSA strengthens the the participation of stakeholders, particularly
Why reach the stars?
 Prevent hygiene related diseases!
Promote positive behaviour and life-skills!
Help the students to learn
better and thrive!
Promote gender equality!
Affirm children’s right to health
and education!

Three Star Criteria


Hygiene

HANDWASHING
Daily SUPERVISED group handwashing with Daily SUPERVISED group handwashing Daily SUPERVISED group handwashing
soap for all children is led by teacher/s. with soap for all children is led by a with soap for all children is led by
mix of teachers and students. student leaders.

Regular supply of soap for handwashing. Regular supply of soap for handwashing. Regular supply of soap for handwashing.

At least one functional group handwashing Pupil to group handwashing facility with soap Pupil to group facility with soap ratio of
facility with soap. ratio of 1:200 for one shift. 1:100 for one shift.

There are individual handwashing


facilities with soap in strategic areas in
the school (e.g. near canteen/eating areas,
play areas and toilets).

The practice of individual handwashing


with soap is done during critical times.

Toothbrushing
Daily SUPERVISED activity of tooth brushing Daily SUPERVISED activity of tooth brushing Daily SUPERVISED activity of tooth brushing
with fluoride toothpaste for all children is with fluoride toothpaste for all children is with fluoride toothpaste for all children is
led by teacher/s. led by a mix of teachers and students. led by student leaders.

Regular supply of fluoride toothpaste for the Regular supply of fluoride toothpaste for the Regular supply of fluoride toothpaste for the
tooth brushing activity. tooth brushing activity. tooth brushing activity.

enablers
Repair and maintenance requirements are Repair and maintenance requirements are Repair and maintenance requirements are
reflected in the School Improvement Plan reflected in the School Improvement Plan reflected in the School Improvement Plan
(SIP) and Annual Improvement Plan (AIP). (SIP) and Annual Improvement Plan (AIP). (SIP) and Annual Improvement Plan (AIP).

Soap, toothbrush and toothpaste are Soap, toothbrush and toothpaste are Soap, toothbrush and toothpaste are
provided by the school through DepEd funds provided by the school through DepEd provided by the school through DepEd funds
only (ie. MOOE). funds complemented by external partners. complemented by external partners.

Menstruation hygiene management


Sanitary pads are accessible in the school. Sanitary pads are accessible in the school. Sanitary pads are accessible in the school.

There is information on proper disposal There is information on proper disposal


of sanitary pads in the girls toilet. of sanitary pads in the girls toilet.

DepEd approved IEC materials on menstrual DepEd approved IEC materials on menstrual
hygiene management for teachers are hygiene management for teachers and
available. students are available.

There is a rest space/changing room for


MHM that is secure, private and comfortable
(not necessarily in the CR).
Sanitation

Toilets
The overall pupil to toilet seat ratio is The overall pupil to toilet seat ratio is The functional pupil to toilet seat ratio
101 students or higher and there are at 51–100 students and there are more (by gender) is 50 students or less.
least two functional and clean toilets that than two functional and clean toilets that
are gender segregated. are gender segregated as needed based
on enrolment.

Toilets are secure, private, with door and Toilets are secure, private, with door and Toilets are secure, private, with door and
lock, have lighting, adequate ventilation lock, have lighting, adequate ventilation lock, have lighting, adequate ventilation
and wrapping materials for used pads. and wrapping materials for used pads. and wrapping materials for used pads

There is a handwashing facility with There is a handwashing facility with


soap within or near the toilets. soap within or near the toilets.

There is a facility for washing IN at least There is a facility for washing IN female
one female toilet for MHM. toilets for MHM.

Detached Toilets are located within view Detached Toilets are located within view
of school building and people. of school building and people.

There is a toilet accessible to persons


with limited mobility.

Daily cleaning of toilets, and handwashing Daily cleaning of toilets, and handwashing Daily cleaning of toilets, and handwashing
and other water facilities. and other water facilities. and other water facilities.

Funding for regular maintenance and repair of Funding for regular maintenance and repair of Funding for regular maintenance and repair of
toilets, handwashing and other water facilities toilets, handwashing and other water facilities toilets, handwashing and other water facilities
comes from the regular school budget comes from the regular school budget comes from the regular school budget
(i.e. MOOE) and/or other DepEd funds. (i.e. MOOE) and/or other DepEd funds. (i.e. MOOE) and/or other DepEd funds.
Waste Management
No burning of waste. No burning of waste. No burning of waste.

Segregated trash bins with cover are Segregated trash bins with cover are Segregated trash bins with cover are
available in all classrooms. available in all classrooms and toilets. available in all classrooms, toilets,
canteens, offices, clinics, play areas,
gardens, hallways, and gyms.

Waste segregation is practiced. Waste segregation is practiced. Comprehensive waste segregation


system is in place, such as policy,
facility and practice, and sanctions for
non-compliance.

No garbage collection services BUT school Garbage is collected at least once a week Garbage is collected at least twice a week
has compost facility for biodegradable OR school has compost facility for bio- OR a school has compost facility for bio-
waste and safe disposal of non-bio- degradable waste and safe disposal of degradable waste and materials recovery
degradable waste such as properly fenced non-biodegradable waste such as properly facility (MRF) for recyclable waste.
refuse pits (burying). fenced refuse pits (burying).

Functional Septic tank is available Functional Septic tank is available Functional Septic tank is available
for all toilets. for all toilets. for all toilets.

Functional drainage from kitchen and wash Functional drainage from kitchen and wash Functional drainage from kitchen and wash
areas to ensure that there is no stagnant areas to ensure that there is no stagnant areas to ensure that there is no stagnant
water in the school. water in the school. water in the school.

In case the school is in a flood prone


area, a system (policy, practices, people,
process, &structure) is in place to
ensure that there is no stagnant water
in the school.
food Safety
All food handlers are oriented and practice All food handlers should have a health All food handlers should have a health
food safety measures. certificate. certificate and for schools with canteen,
an updated sanitary permit.
WAter

Safe drinking water is not provided by the Safe drinking water is provided by the school Safe drinking water is provided
school. Children are required to bring but supply is not regular. for free for all children in the school
their own drinking water. at all times.

The school coordinates with the relevant The quality of water is tested once every The quality of water is tested more than
agency/office to test the quality of water. calendar year in coordination with the once every calendar year in coordination
relevant agency/office. with the relevant agency/office.

Regardless of source, water for cleaning is Regardless of source, water for cleaning is Regardless of source, water for cleaning
available only for certain days of the week. available on a daily basis but only on is available on a daily basis in all
certain hours of the day. school hours.

Deworming

Deworming is done semi-annually, in the Deworming is done semi-annually, in the Deworming is done semi-annually,
presence of a health personnel, in coordina- presence of a health personnel, in coordina- in the presence of a health
tion with DOH, and with parent’s consent. tion with DOH, and with parent’s consent personnel, in coordination with
DOH, and with parent’s consent.

50 – 74 % of school students were dewormed. 75 – 84 % of school students were dewormed. At least 85 % of school
students were dewormed.

Health Education

IEC materials are present only in the IEC materials are present in classrooms IEC materials are present in classrooms
schoolboard or wall. and strategic places (eg. canteen, play and strategic places (eg. canteen, play
areas, toilets, handwashing facilities, etc.). areas, toilets, handwashing facilities, etc.),

There are organized teams and There are organized teams and There are organized teams and
accountable units to promote WinS accountable units to promote WinS accountable units to promote WinS
(e.g. TWGs, student clubs). (e.g. TWGs, student clubs). (e.g. TWGs, student clubs).

WinS is part of INSET. WinS is part of INSET.

Available WinS learning / instructional


materials in support of teaching WinS in
the K to 12 curriculum.

Advocacy is done during GPTA assembly. There are planned and organized
activities for parents/stakeholders for
learning and advocating WinS.

WinS is part of the extra-curricular WinS is part of the extra-curricular


program of students. program of students.
DepEd Order & Memorandum
DepEd Order No. 10, s. 2016:
WinS Policy & Implementing Guide
(Enclosure to DepEd Order No. 10, s. 2016)